Rare plant fair at The Bishop's Palace in Wells

Garden events and things to do this month

Find out what events, open gardens and more are happening this month

There’s a whole host of events happening this month that should satisfy all your horticultural needs. Here’s our selection of what not to miss.


Back to school with the RHS

It’s never too late to develop new skills and increase your gardening knowledge, and now is the time to enrol for the highly respected RHS horticultural qualifications starting in September. Courses, designed to fit around work and other commitments, are held at more than 80 approved centres across the UK, and you can choose between a theoretical or a practical, hands-on mode of study. rhs.org.uk/qualifications. And don’t miss the chance to apply for an RHS apprenticeship, where you get to spent two years working alongside horticulturists in RHS gardens. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020 for an August start of the same year. rhs.org.uk/education-learning

Galanthus Mighty Atom Clan
© Jason Ingram

Gardening for Wildlife

Get a head start on your New Year resolution to increase your garden knowledge by signing up for this new online course from Learning with Experts in partnership with the RHS. Led by Andy McIndoe, the four-lecture Gardening for Wildlife course shows how to make your garden attractive to wildlife, with ideas on plants to suit your garden. learningwithexperts.com

Hidcote Through the Seasons with Rachel Dein

See how artist Rachel Dein has captured the delicate beauty of the changing seasons at Hidcote in this exhibition of her botanical casts of flowers and foliage collected in the historic gardens. Until end of March, free with garden admission. Hidcote Bartrim, nr Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LR. Tel 01386 438333, nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote

An artwork by Rachel Dein
An artwork by Rachel Dein

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos will be transforming the park’s Underground Gallery and gardens with her vibrant sculptures. 7 March – 3 January 2021, 10am-5pm. Admission free. West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4LG. Tel 01924 832631, ysp.org.uk

Decorative Antiques Fair

The garden as a gallery is the theme for the 31st Decorative Antiques Fair at the Pavilion in Bath, with antique pots, urns, benches and even a water fountain up for grabs. 6-8 March, 11am-5pm. £5. North Parade Road, Bath, Somerset BA2 4EU. Tel 01278 784912, bathdecorativeantiquesfair.co.uk

Joana Vasconcelos art work
Joana Vasconcelos art work
© Luis Vasconcelos courtesy of Unidade Infinta Projectos

Gardening the Millennium

Midori Shintani, head gardener of Tokachi Millennium Forest will be discussing the modern garden movement in Japan at an open talk for the University of Bath Gardening Club. 9 March, 7.30pm. £6. East Building, Claverton Down, Bath, Somerset BA2 7PJ. ubgc.org

New York High Line

Dr Jill Raggett, Emeritus Reader in Gardens and Designed Landscapes at Writtle University College will be discussing the New York linear park in a talk for the Gardens Trust. 11 March, 6.30pm. £15. The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EL. thegardenstrust.org

RHS apprentice Harry Marshall poses with plants in an alpine glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley
RHS apprentice Harry Marshall poses with plants in an alpine glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley

Stylish Structures

Learn how to make stylish structures for the kitchen garden using hazel, willow, birch and steel with gardener and artist Jacky Mills and designer Alison Jenkins. 13 March, 10am-4pm. £85, including lunch. New House Farm, Northend, Bath, Somerset BA1 8ES. Tel 07956 267173 or email alison@alisonjenkins.co.uk

Celebrating English Gardens

In the run up to Chichester Cathedral’s Flower Festival, Martin Duncan, head gardener at Arundel Castle, and Margie Hoffnung from the Gardens Trust are giving a joint talk on the English garden. 19 March, 2pm. £15 with afternoon tea. Oving Jubilee Hall, Oving, Chichester, West Sussex PO20 2DQ. Tel 01243 813591 (or email flowerfestival@chichestercathedral.org.uk), chichestercathedral.org.uk

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Landscape as Art

Learn how to analyse historic gardens in the same way as a painting and other art forms on this weekend course run by garden historian Dr Paula Henderson at the V&A. 21-22 March, 11am-4pm. £195. Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL. Tel 020 7942 2000, vam.ac.uk

Landscape Photographer of the Year Serenity in the Snow, Warwickshire, England
Landscape Photographer of the Year Serenity in the Snow, Warwickshire, England

Rare Plant Fair

Find plants from some of the best nurseries in the South West at The Bishop’s Palace in Wells. 22 March, 10am-4pm, £7 on the door for entry to the palace, gardens and fair. The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset BA5 2PD. Tel 01749 988111, bishopspalace.org.uk

Borde Hill Garden Magnolia Tour

Enjoy a tour of the garden’s outstanding collection of magnolias with head gardener Andy Stevens. 25 March, 11-12pm. £12. Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 1XP. Tel 01444 450326, bordehill.co.uk

Borde Hill Magnolia Tour
Borde Hill Magnolia Tour

Charterhouse Gardens Tours

Take a rare opportunity to explore the almshouse gardens in the company of head gardener Kate Robinson. 26 March. 10.45am. £20. Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN. Tel 020 3818 8873, thecharterhouse.org

Tour of two Monmouthshire gardens

Book now for a Gardens Days Out tour of two neighbouring gardens – The Pant and New Inn Farm – that are imaginatively connected to the landscape. 24 April. £110. Tel 0117 317 9874, gardendaysout.com

Society of Garden Designers

Spring Conference Sign up now for this year’s conference where the topic is colour. Speakers include Claude Cormier, Steve Martino and Jimi Blake. 25 April. £161 (for tickets booked before 14 March). RGS, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR.

Midori Shintani, head gardener of Tokachi Millenium Forest
Midori Shintani, head gardener of Tokachi Millenium Forest

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Enter the competition, with awards for both rural and urban subjects. Closing date 5 April. lpoty.co.uk